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My number one rule and expectation in the classroom is that we treat each other respectfully in the classroom. This year I am really struggling with a class who sees nothing wrong with treating each other disrespectfully. There is constant picking at each other, insulting each other, and invading each others' space. This is not a dynamic I have in any other class this year nor have I encountered it in previous years. When I have discussed this behavior with individual students or with the class, they comment that this is how they always are with each other. In speaking with other teachers who have this group, the teachers are having the same problem and are just as unable to remedy the disrespectful behavior. Any advice would be welcome. FYI - This is a freshman gifted group who have been together since sixth grade. They take all their academic classes together.